Today dear reader I am on the blog tour for The Maid (Published by HarperCollins 20 Jan. 2022) By Nita Prose. A big thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to read and review, always appreciated. Also to the wonderful Anne for the invite to take part, always a pleasure to work with.
I am your maid.
I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry.
But what do you know about me?
Molly the maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She’s used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. She’s just a maid – why should anyone take notice?
But Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn’t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And as Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways of the Regency Grand, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She’s just a maid – but what can she see that others overlook?
Escapist, charming and introducing a truly original heroine, The Maid is a story about how the truth isn’t always black and white – it’s found in the dirtier, grey areas in between . . .
About The Author
Nita Prose is a long-time editor, serving many bestselling authors and their books. She lives in Toronto, Canada, in a house that is only moderately clean.
The Regency Grand Hotel offers nothing but five star quality service. You will always find your pillows freshly plumped, clean sheets and a warm welcome. They pride themselves on nothing but sophisticated elegance. Molly works as a maid at the hotel and prides herself on being thorough and precise. She loves her job and the satisfaction that cleaning brings. Her life is simple and quiet. That is until she discovers a guest, the infamous Mr. Black dead in his bed. Suddenly Molly is thrown into a world where lies and secrets are uncovered under the filth she thought she had washed away. The people she thought she could trust reveal their true selves. She quickly finds herself as a prime suspect with the police. Her! A lowly maid. Surely she is not capable of…murder.
Molly is truly a unique character. She is unlike any other character I have stumbled upon in literature. Her social skills are non-existent and she often comes across as awkward and peculiar when thrown into a social situation. But that is what is so charming about her dear reader. Her ability to speak her mind and be herself. She often mentions her Gran who she lived with before she died and her little mottos. They guide Molly through life and come to her aid when she stumbles into unfamiliar territory. Molly likes things simple and neat. She is used to being invisible as a maid, the guests pay little attention to her apart from a select few such as the new Mrs. Black. Told in first person the reader can see Molly’s way of thinking and why she struggles to grasp certain situations. Molly feels a part of the hotel, it’s colour, design, and feels alive at work. She blends in and is invisible.
Prose has created a complex, delicate character in Molly that the reader quickly comes to feel very protective of. You find yourself shouting at the page for Molly to open her eyes and see what is really happening around her but she is innocent and much like a child at times. She takes things at face value making her too trusting of the wrong people. She doesn’t follow people blindly like a sheep and lives by her own moral code. You watch as the snakes slowly coil themselves around her and want her to desperately find a way to escape.
I was surrounded my a mixture of expensive perfumes and lemon polish that lingered on each page. Prose has exquisite skill at bringing the senses alive. I could see, touch, smell, taste and hear everything that was happening. I was fully absorbed in Molly’s world and was saddened when I had to leave. It was an experience like no other.
I give The Maid By Nita Prose a Five out of Five paw rating.
I could not put it down! I devoured this book as quickly as possible, I was addicted and am still left yearning for more.
This book is a labyrinth, full of shocking twists and turns. You never know what to expect as Prose keeps you guessing right up till the very end. My heart was in my mouth dear reader, I did not see that coming. It is a MUST read and I highly recommend you discover the truth as to what really happened in suite 401.
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